President Donald Trump’s daughter’s attempt to join a conversation with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron backfired.
Donald Trump has let his daughter stand in for him at international events around the world. But at the G20 summit, international critics who accuse the US President of nepotism took unbridled glee in watching Ivanka Trump falter in the presence of powerful world leaders.
America’s ‘first daughter,’ was caught on camera attempting to join a conversation with UK Prime Minister Theresa May , French president Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. The clip released by the French Government captured the whole exchange.
But no words were required from International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, whose facial reactions to Trump’s attempt at international diplomacy instead went viral.
In the 19 seconds of footage from the G20 summit in Osaka released by the Elysée Palace, Macron can be heard saying finishing a sentence about “social justice”. Trump interjects with either “it’s on,” or “it’s all.”
May replies to Macron: “As soon as you start talking about the economic aspect a lot of people start listening who wouldn’t otherwise listen.” “Start listening,” echoes Trump.
“And same with the defence side, I think, in terms of the whole sort of…” she offers, gesturing with her hands before trailing off. Trump finishes, smiling and nodding: “Being very male-dominated.”
As Trump speaks, Lagarde can be seen frowning and glancing at Trudeau. The clip of the exchange attracted a widespread reaction. High profile New York congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez led criticism of Trump’s presence at the summit, highlighting that the president’s daughter had no reason to be at the important event.
She tweeted: “It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification. It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The US needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.” American investigative journalist Olga Lautman tweeted a copy of the video, labelling it “humiliating” for the US.
Ivanka Trump was attending the summit with her husband and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who the president appointed as his special senior adviser in what has become a trend of the President furnishing his close family members with top White House roles. Investigative journalist Olga Lautman labelled Ivanka’s presence at the event ‘humiliating’.
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